The cycle starts with a residential Developmental Forum, which gets underway in the Midlands in October. The theme of this Forum is Establishing Good Foundations. At this event, the participants will meet each other, their ACORNS Lead Entrepreneur and their round table group for the first time. An overnight stay is incorporated into the event.
Participants will subsequently meet with their ACORNS Lead Entrepreneur and their group of eight peers in separate round tables in November, December, January, and February. These sessions will last for about three hours and will explore the themes of Strategy, Marketing/Sales, Finance, and Implementation. The location of these sessions will be close to the assigned Lead. Some travel may be involved on the part of the participants.
A second residential Development Forum is held the following April. The theme of this Forum is SMART Planning – The Roadmap Ahead.
Selected candidates are expected to attend all events.